Social Studies Scoop

A Monthly Bulletin for 6-12 Social Studies Teachers in CCS

Preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life

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February 2018

In this edition:

  • Student Programs: Mock Trial Awards
  • Professional Development: Test Prep Tuesday Google Hangouts
  • Professional Development: Middle School Content Experts
  • Curriculum & Instruction: Black History Month


Student Programs: Mock Trial

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CCS Students Excel at the Ohio Mock Trial Competition

Fifteen teams from eight CCS high schools competed in the Ohio Mock Trial competition on January 26 at the Franklin County Courthouse. CCS teams and their advisors include: Centennial HS (Brady McCullough), Columbus North International School (Leanne Sunderman), Ft. Hayes Arts & Academic HS (Jeff Chopko), Marion-Franklin HS (Andrew Brower), Northland HS (Tom Gibson), South HS (Keath Luke), Walnut Ridge HS (Dave Skiles), and Whetstone HS (Karen Ballmer).

Congratulations to Whetstone HS Team 8 who advanced to the regional competition to be held this month. Whetstone Humanities 10 teachers Karen Ballmer and Bethany Bell incorporated Mock Trial into their American Humanities class, sending eight teams to the competition. In addition to the team award, Whetstone students captured 5 Outstanding Attorney Awards and 3 Outstanding Witness Awards.

Additional CCS student awards include:

  • Washington Cole (Columbus North International) - Outstanding Witness

  • Odessa Robinson (Ft. Hayes) - Outstanding Witness

  • Jaimee Booth (Ft. Hayes) - Outstanding Attorney

  • Jahlil Briggs (Ft. Hayes) - Outstanding Attorney

  • Tyler Morefield (Centennial) - Outstanding Attorney

  • Jennifer Adomoko (Centennial) - Outstanding Witness

  • Rico Felix (South) - Outstanding Attorney

  • Kala Chanthachack (South) - Outstanding Witness


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Test Prep Tuesday Google Hangouts

In February and March, CCS Social Studies will host a series of 20 minute Google Hangout webinars to present strategies and resources for preparing for Ohio's State Tests in American History and American Government.

You do not need to pre-register for these events; simply go to the following URL: and log in with your CCS Google username and password. You do not need a microphone or camera to participate, just a device with audio output.

All sessions will be held from 3:00 - 3:20 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 20 - Vocabulary & Quick Review
  • February 27 - Online Historical Thinking Exercises
  • March 6 - Evidence-Based Text Sets
  • March 13 - Scoring Extended Responses


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Middle School Content Experts PD 2018

The Middle School Content Experts program kicked-off on January 30 at Linmoor Education Center. The purpose of the Content Experts program is to provide sustained professional development in the area of Pedagogical Content Knowledge.

The Social Studies Content Experts program is focused on the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. Using the Inquiry Design Model from C3, participating teachers are working in teams to develop an original inquiry and field test the inquiry in their classrooms.

In the first session, we discussed compelling and supporting and questions in social studies. Grade level teams began preparing their IDM templates by creating a first draft of the inquiry questions.

In February, we will continue to build C3 inquiries by looking at Dimension 2 (Disciplinary Concepts & Tools). Don't forget to read Chapter 1 of Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer? by Bruce Lesh for this month's leaderboard activity!

The remaining Content Expert meetings will be held at Linmoor Education Center, 4:00-6:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15, 2018.


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Congratulations to Amy, Mrs. T, and The Riddeler for taking home the top prizes in the MS Content Experts Kahoot Leaderboard activity in January.


Curriculum & Instruction: Black History Month

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Teaching Hard History

The Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Initiative has recently released a new report and curriculum materials on teaching the central role that slavery played in the development of the United States.

You can read more about the report here: and access the curriculum materials (aligned with the C3 Framework) here:

Teaching Hard History is led by Professor Hasan Jeffries of The Ohio State University. Dr. Jeffries has been a long-time friend to the CCS Social Studies Department through his work with our Teaching American History grants and Urban Studies Institute. You can access his past presentations through the History Speaks website and Urban Studies Institute page.


Newsela: Making Things That Change The World: STEAM & The Black Experience

Newsela had created lesson plans and text sets for Black History month that help students understand what systemic racism is and how it affects the lives of people of color all over the world. Lessons focus on African-American achievements in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art + design, and math).

You can access these free lessons and readings here:


Columbus Neighborhoods: King-Lincoln

WOSU's Columbus Neighborhoods: King-Lincoln documentary provides an avenue for connecting local African-American History to the national experience.

You can access the full documentary, or segments with supporting instructional resources (background/overview, learning objectives, discussion questions) here:


Matthew I. Doran

6-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator

Office of Teaching & Learning

Secondary Curriculum Division